Holi 2024: 10 Traditional Foods to Enjoy on This Festival of Colours!

Holi, the festival of colours, is not just about smearing vibrant colours on each other. It is also a time to savour delicious traditional foods that add flavour to the festivities. From sweet to savoury, Holi offers a plethora of culinary delights that are deeply rooted in Indian culture. These traditional Holi special foods not only tickle your taste buds but also add to the festive spirit of the occasion. So, this Holi, which is being celebrated on March 25, indulge in these delectable dishes with your family members, friends, and guests to make your celebrations truly memorable. Here are 10 must-have traditional Holi special foods that you shouldn’t miss:

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10 Must-have Traditional Holi Special Foods


A sweet dumpling, often filled with a mixture of khoya, coconut, dry fruits, and sugar, Gujiya is a quintessential Holi treat. Deep-fried to a golden crispness, it’s a melt-in-your-mouth delight that symbolises the sweetness of the festival.



A cooling drink made with a mixture of milk, nuts, and spices, Thandai is a traditional Holi beverage. It’s flavoured with ingredients like almonds, fennel seeds, rose petals, cardamom, and saffron, making it a refreshing and rejuvenating drink for the festivities.


A sweet pancake-like dessert, Malpua is made with flour, milk, and sugar, deep-fried until golden brown, and then soaked in sugar syrup. It’s a decadent treat that is sure to satisfy your sweet cravings.

Puran Poli

A sweet flatbread made with a filling of lentils, jaggery, and spices, Puran Poli is a popular Holi dish in Maharashtra. It’s rich, flavorful, and perfect for satisfying your sweet tooth.

Dahi vada

Lentil dumplings soaked in yoghurt and topped with tangy tamarind chutney and spicy masalas, Dahi Vada is a savoury treat that provides a burst of flavour in every bite. It’s a favourite snack during Holi celebrations.


Pakoras, or fritters are traditionally consumed during Holi. Though these might not be the healthiest choice as it is deep-fried, made with a spice-infused batter of gram flour. However, these surely are a must-have and add an element of crunch to the festive dinner.

Papri chaat

A popular street food, Papri chaat is a crispy and tangy snack made with fried salted wafers, boiled potatoes, chickpeas, yoghurt, and various chutneys. It’s a flavorful dish that adds a touch of spice to your Holi celebrations.


A deep-fried, crispy pastry filled with a spicy mixture of lentils, Kachori is a popular snack during Holi. It’s best enjoyed with a side of tangy tamarind chutney or spicy green chutney.

Chana masala

A spicy and flavorful chickpea curry, Chana masala is a hearty dish that is perfect for a festive meal during Holi. It’s usually served with puris or rice, making it a filling and satisfying dish.


A soft and spongy dessert made with milk and soaked in sugar syrup, Rasgulla is a delightful sweet treat to end your Holi celebrations on a sweet note. It’s light, fluffy, and absolutely delicious.

We wish you a very Happy Holi!

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first published: March 24, 2024, 14:00 IST

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